It’s not very often that you get to purchase a famous artists work at a bargain price. Most of the time those are the stories we here about in the news: “Picasso purchased for $26 at yard sale – new owner as surprised as the world.” The long running RCA Secret offers you almost the same chance. The annual sale, hosted by London’s Royal College of Arts, featured 2700 postcard sized artworks this year, some from students, others from often famous invited guests. The catch? The name of the artist is only revealed after you buy the piece. So, can you spot a Paula Rego at 20 paces?
Famous names that had art featured in the massive one-day sale were artists Yinka Shonibare, John Baldessari, David Bailey, Christo, Paula Rego, Frank Bowling and Julian Opie as well as architect Zaha Hadid, fashion designers Christopher Bailey, Manolo Blahnik and Paul Smith, and Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park. There artworks were priced at the same £45 as student work, with all proceeds going to support the RCA Fine Art Student Award Fund. It’s a seriously fun and clever way to help up-and-coming artists… many of whom themselves contributed art to the show.
So here’s the question: of the 25 artworks we selected to feature here, can you spot the famous names in the group? (hover your pointer over each image to reveal the artist)